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Eva Kasperova
Doctoral Topic:
Entrepreneurial identity
Area of Interest:
Small business research, entrepreneurship, identity, disability, social enterprise, theories of knowledge


I'm a part-time doctoral student and full-time research assistant at the Small Business Research Centre. Prior to joining Kingston University in 2010, I completed MRes in Management and Social Science at King's College London.

Doctoral Thesis

Year of Study:
Doctoral Title:
How do disabled people form entrepreneurial identity?
Professor Robert Blackburn and Professor John Kitching

Doctoral Details

If you are disabled, you are more likely to become self-employed than the working population as a whole. My research looks at how disabled people and people with long-term health conditions form entrepreneurial identity and build legitimacy with business stakeholders. I'm interested in how identity is formed using various non-linguistic as well as linguistic practices, including the use of digital and assistive technologies.

Education and Work History

MRes Management and Social Science (King's College London); BA Honours Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology (University of Westminster)

Work Experience

Research Assistant (2010 - present), Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University.

Research Assistant (2008), Centre for Enterprise & Economic Development Research, Middlesex University.

Publications and Academic Achievements

Selected publications

Kasperova, E. and Kitching, J. (2014) Embodying entrepreneurial identity, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 20(5), pp. 438-452.

Kitching, J., Kasperova, E. and Collis, J. (2013) The contradictory consequences of regulation: the influence of filing abbreviated accounts on UK small company performance, International Small Business Journal. (Epub Ahead of Print)


2012 Best Paper Award in Critical Perspectives track, 35th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference: Creating Opportunities through Innovation: Local Energy, Global Vision; 7-8 Nov 2012, Dublin, Ireland.

2011 Best Doctoral Student Award, RENT XXV: Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business: 25th Anniversary Conference; 16-18 Nov 2011, Bodo, Norway.


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